There has been a trend in recent years of Hollywood films making the leap from the big screen to the Broadway stage. Right now, if you were in New York City and were looking for a film-inspired Broadway productions, you’d have a lot to choose from: Billy Elliot, Catch Me If You Can, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Sister Act. That list might get a bit bigger as Tim Burton’s Big Fish appears to be headed to the Big White Way, helmed by a woman who has had a great deal of success bringing films to the musical stage.
The New York Times is reporting that Susan Stroman has been hired to direct the Broadway adaptation of the Daniel Wallace book which made into a film by Tim Burton. John August, the film’s screenwriter, is providing the book for the musical, with with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
Stroman is a multiple time Tony Award-winning choreographer and director who is most famous for making the Broadway musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ The Producers a smash success ten years ago, a show for which she won a Tony for both directing and choreography. No word on whether she will act as choreographer on Big Fish as well. She is nominated for a Tony this year for directing and choreography for her work on The Scottsdale Boys.
Big Fish is the story of a dying man who relates fantastic and unbelievable story from his life to his son while on his death bed. The film starred Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor.
The Broadway show is targeted to open in Spring of 2012.